I got a chance to play a handful of games on a Stern Star Wars Pro today at Pintastic. I'm curious to hear first impressions from those who have had a chance to play it. Here are mine:
The sounds, lighting and video are fantastic. It is a very impressive display and gets you immersed in the game. The artwork looks a lot better in real life than in the pictures. I normally don't like actors images on a playfield, but here, it gave it a sense of nostalgia while also feeling entirely fresh at the same time.
The game played fast, as one would expect from Stern and Ritchie. The layout was interesting, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it yet. The ramps were nothing special and seemed a bit too much tucked into the side of the game. I liked the mini-orbit on the left a lot. That shot felt good and fast, and it returned the ball to the flipper nicely. Hitting the tie fighter was fun, and I loved to see it bounce around after being hit. The bank of targets in front of the mini-screen was also fun to hit. Though, there, it was a definite risk vs. reward. Some modes seemed to require you to hit them, but they are a dangerous shot and send the ball back quickly towards the flippers and the drain. That said, there were no cheep drains down the middle. Each shot was set up well.
The Death Star on the Pro didn't seem to do anything other than light up. It still looked good, but I would love to try a Premium / LE some day. That might be the model to get.
It is hard to judge the code from a few plays. There seems like quite a bit there, with many modes and many different ways to play. The instructions for the modes were clear, and I never seemed to wonder what I should be shooting for.
Overall, I liked the game, but I'm on the fence a bit on the layout. I definitely want to see how the code develops and try a Premium/LE one day. It was a fun game that brought fond memories back while still feeling new. I'll be watching it.